Fourth of July: Strawberry “Shortcake”

Fourth of July Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

I was working at the farmers market a few years back around the fourth and came up with this recipe. They had the best fresh goat cheese their, and the MT Hood Oregon strawberries are some of the best in the world. And the local grocery made awesome shortbread biscuits. So I kind of through these all together for my Fourth of July dessert tradition.

Shortcake Biscuits: 6-8 biscuits

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup half and half or cream
Melted butter to brush shortcakes
Sprinkle top with sugar

Garnish:

4 oz Soft goat cheese or sheep cheese
100% maple syrup
good balsamic vinegar
fresh mint
Lot of fresh Strawberries

Directions
Heat oven 450 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and 5 tablespoons of sugar. Cut in butter. Then mix in half-and-half (or cream). Drop by large spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon or more of sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown. Cool and top with fresh cut strawberries, some fresh soft goat or sheep cheese, and top with a drizzle of good balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup mixture. garnish with a mint leaf.

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